In "A Rose for Emily," what is the story of the minister and where he stands with everyone?

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Not just one, but it seems as if all of the ministers in town, along with the doctors and "the ladies," called on Miss Emily to give their condolences on her father's death. She refused to admit that he was dead and kept people out of the house for three days. Then she had her breakdown.

When Emily has recovered from her breakdown and begins spending time with Homer Barron, "the ladies" think it is unseemly and a bad example to young people that they had not become engaged yet. So they persuade the Baptist minister to have a talk with Emily. The narrator doesn't say what happened during the meeting, but the minister refused to go back. Can't you imagine some pretty rough language coming out of Emily? When Emily and Homer continued their Sunday ride about town, the minister's wife wrote to Emily's relatives about the situation.

There is no special signficance to the minister except that he is one more person whom Emily defies. His standing with the other people is that as a minister, he is supposed to be able to talk with people about changing their ways. But nobody can do that with Emily.